REMINDER: TODAY: Lecture on Thurs. June 22: “Understanding the Impact of Early Trauma: Aging Holocaust Survivors Facing the End of Life”

On Thursday June 22, I will be giving a lecture in New York for community professionals and healthcare providers of the MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care, who will participate in a unique program that will educate them about the impact of the Holocaust and its aftermath on survivors and the Second Generation. My presentation will focus on the impact of earlier trauma on the way individuals experience aging, illness and helplessness as patients, as well as on the way the encounter with trauma victims impacts healthcare providers. The main learning objectives will be to allow healthcare providers to understand the interactions between trauma and aging, individual variability in responses to trauma, and the often disguised presentation of PTSD in elderly trauma survivors. The lecture will also describe the pervasive reality of dehumanization in modern medical settings, its functional and non-functional causes, and some of the ways to counter these unintentional processes, in order to prevent traumatization and re-traumatization of patients.

The event will be held at the Museum of Jewish Heritage at Battery Place on Thursday June 22, 2017 at 12:00-5:00pm. This program is made possible by AJAS, UJA Federation of NY and MJHS.

                   Irit Felsen

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